April 13, 2008
Santa Barbara, Calif. - An eleven-inning seesaw battle saw the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (23-11, 5-1) drop the series finale against the UC Davis Aggies (23-11, 5-1), 18-14 Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Aggies scored five times in the top of the eleventh after relinquishing a 13-12 lead in the bottom of the ninth to take the series two games to one. The top two teams in the Big West Conference combined for five lead changes, 32-runs scored, and 42 hits in Sunday's roller coaster contest.
The Gauchos jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Shane Carlson found a hole on the left side of the infield, singling home Brian Gump and Chris Fox, to give the Gauchos a two run advantage. Patrick Rose followed suit, lacing a 1-2 pitch down the right field line, scoring Mike Zuanich from second. After one inning of play, the Gauchos found themselves ahead, 3-0.
The Aggies countered in the top of the second as Kyle Mihaylo ripped an RBI double to right center field, scoring Evan Hudson from first. Gaucho starter Chuck Huggins (6-1) retired Matt Dempsey to get out of the jam.
UC Davis tied things up in the top of the third with a pair of runs. After Gaucho shortstop Shane Carlson's errant throw on a double play ball extended the inning, Aggie catcher Jake Jefferies lined a two-RBI double down the right field line, tying the game at 3-3. Designated hitter Ryan Scoma put the Aggies in front, 4-3, with a seeing-eye RBI single up the middle.
UCSB knotted things up in the bottom of the fourth on Steve Cook's RBI single through the left side.
Aggie center fielder Ryan Royster broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the sixth with a two-RBI single into right field. Royster's base knock ran Gaucho starter Chuck Huggins from the game.
Huggins allowed nine runs (six earned) on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work. The Redwood City, Calif., native struck out three and walked only one.
Michael Martin came on in relief of Huggins and immediately allowed a single and a two-RBI double, before inducing two consecutive groundouts to get out of the inning. The five-run sixth inning for the Aggies, put them ahead, 9-4.
The Gauchos mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh as Shane Carlson drove in Chris Fox with an RBI single up the middle, to bring the Gauchos within three, 9-6. With runners on second and third, Patrick Rose worked the count full before lacing a two-RBI single down the right field line. Rose's two-RBI single was his fourth hit on the day, as the Gauchos moved within one, 9-8. With one on and two down, Matt McColgan belted a go-ahead two-run home run high over the left field fence. McColgan's third long ball of the season put the Gauchos in front, 10-9. The Gaucho rally would continue, as Cook doubled into the left center field gap. Gump followed by banging an RBI double off the right field wall, and Chris Fox added to the parade with an RBI single of his own. After seven innings of play, the Gauchos held a 12-9 lead.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth, Jason Roenicke came on in relief of Michael Martin to face Ryan Scoma. Scoma blooped a ball over the head of shortstop Shane Carlson for a two-RBI single, bringing UC Davis within one, 12-11. Aggie center fielder Ryan Royster's struck again with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 12-12 with two out in the top of the ninth. With Royster on first, Ty Kelly hit a soaring fly ball down the right field line. Second baseman Steve Cook ranged into shallow right but it fell in between right fielder Brian Gump and Cook for a go-ahead RBI double.
The Gauchos would not go down without a fight. In the bottom of the ninth, Gump redeemed himself, singling home Gunnar Terhune to tie the game back up, 13-13.
The tie wouldn't last long as UC Davis broke through for five runs in the top of the eleventh inning.
Royster, a thorn in the Gauchos side all day, broke the tie with a sac-fly RBI, scoring Grant Bauer from third to put the Aggies in front, 14-13. UC Davis wasn't done there, as they scored four more times in the inning. A two-RBI double by catcher Jake Jefferies, put UC Davis ahead, 16-13. The Aggies would tack on two more runs in the frame, taking a commanding five run lead into the bottom half of the eleventh.
The Gauchos scored once in the bottom half, but were unable to muster another late inning rally, eventually falling to their Big West Conference counterparts, 18-14.
UC Davis improved to 5-1 in BWC play, with the Gauchos fell to 6-3.
Justin Fitzgerald (3-1) picked up the win for the Aggies with 3.1 solid innings of relief work.
Zach Samuels (2-2) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 1.2 innings of relief.
UC Davis catcher Jake Jefferies had a career day, going 5-for-7 with three runs scored and six RBI. Royster and Scoma both added four RBI as well.
Gaucho third baseman Patrick Rose led the way offensively going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI. Carlson went 2-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI. Designated hitter Gunnar Terhune went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Seven of the nine Gaucho starters recorded multi-hit games. In all, 24 position players played in the game, along with 11 pitchers. The Gauchos' 14 runs and 21 hits were the second highest totals of the season.
The Gauchos resume play Tuesday, April 16 against Westmont College at 2:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.